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Top 4 Must-Have Pet Grooming Supplies

by Jordan Marshall

Keeping your pet well groomed will not only leave the pup or cat looking adorable, but it will also contribute to its overall good health. Pet owners may not always be able to take their precious companions to the groomers for this service. Instead, its a great idea to pick up the necessary supplies and groom your animals at home. Below are the top four must-have supplies that you'll want to start off with. 

Deshedding Tool

Whether you have a dog or cat, you'll need a deshedding tool. This handy device works to remove all the loose hair from your pet. Although animals tend to shed more in the spring and fall, some hair will come out all year long. The deshedding tool can be purchased with a comb for short hair or long hair. You can even get one that attaches to a vacuum that will suck up the extra fur as you go. 

Nail clippers

Pets require special nail clippers to keep their nails from becoming too long. Once you purchase a pair, you'll want to make sure you have styptic powder on hand in case you unexpectedly cut your dog or cat's quick. If you don't mind spending a little bit extra, they make nail clippers with a quick sensor that will alert you before you accidentally clip too far up the nail. 

Ear Cleaning Kit

Cleaning your pets ears helps release excess wax as well as prevent ear infections. The ear cleaning kit should come with an ear rinse and you'll need to take a look at the ingredients to ensure there are no antibiotics or steroids in it. You also don't want one made using alcohol. Along with the ear rinse should be a set of cotton balls or a few pieces of gauze that you can put the solution on and successfully clean your dog or cat's ears. 

Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Perhaps the most overlooked part of grooming your pet is dental hygiene. The American Veterinary Dental College states that most dogs and cats suffer from periodontal disease by the age of three. Adding toothbrushing to your grooming routine will help reduce these risks. There are plenty of pet toothbrushes on the market, including a finger brush that makes it easier to work on a cat. Never use human toothpaste when brushing your pet's teeth, as the dog or cat won't be able to spit the solution back out. Instead, grab a toothpaste that is labeled specifically for your type of animal. 

For assistance, talk to a professional like All Creatures Inn.